James Richard "Jim" Steinman (born November 1, 1947) is an American composer. lyricist, Grammy Award-winning=record producer, arranger, pianist, and singer. His work has included songs in the adult contemporary, rock and roll, dance, pop, musical theater, and film score genres. Beginning his career in musical theater, Steinman's most notable work in the area includes lyrics for Whistle Down the Wind and music for Tanz der Vampire.

His work includes such albums as Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell trilogy, all the songs from the first two and half the songs from the third. His most successful chart singles include Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart", Air Supply's "Making Love Out of Nothing At All", The Sisters of Mercy's "This Corrosion" and "More", Barry Manilow's "Read Em' and Weep" (originally released by Meat Loaf), "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" which has been covered by various artists, and Boyzone's "No Matter What".


  • (1977) Bat Out of Hell (by Meat Loaf) - songwriter, composer, and backing vocalist
  • (1981) Dead Ringer (by Meat Loaf) - songwriter
  • (1981) Bad for Good - solo artist, songwriter, lead singer
  • (1983) Faster than the Speed of Night (by Bonnie Tyler) - producer, partial lyricist
  • (1984) Signs of Life (by Billy Squier)
  • (1986) Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire (by Bonnie Tyler)
  • (1989) Original Sin (by pandora's Box)
  • (1993) Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell (by Meat Loaf)
  • (1996) Whistle Down the Wind (soundtrack)